Early in 2012, there were rumours that Microsoft was going to start using real money in XBox Live, as opposed to Microsoft Points, by the end of the year. Now in August, significantly closer to the end of said year, there still hasn’t been any announcement to that effect.
But what did happen last week was what Microsoft calls a totally unrelated glitch, whereby some avatar items showed up with local currency prices. The prices later reverted back to MS points.
Microsoft is claiming it was simply an “error in how the offers were configured in our services”, but the timing does seem suspect. Hopefully it is an indicator of the currency change coming sooner rather than later, or worse, never.
Source: TweakTown (thanks to PalZer0)